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What are Park hours?

Gathering Place is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Adventure Playground: 9 a.m. - Dusk

Redbud Cafe: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

The Patio: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Can I have a birthday party at Gathering Place?

All external events, including birthday parties, are held on a first come, first served basis and are limited to Picnic Grove, located south of the Chapman Adventure Playground. Outside tables and tents are not allowed in Picnic Grove at any time. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in this area, but no glass is allowed at any time. Any other event not programmed and sponsored by Gathering Place staff is not permitted in any other area of the park unless prior written permission is granted by Park management. External events or parties are not permitted in the Williams Lodge or ONEOK Boathouse.  External signage, decoration and/or furniture is not permitted in the ONEOK Boathouse or Williams Lodge at any time. Guests that do not comply with these park rules will be asked to leave the area and host their gathering in Picnic Grove.

Can I host an event at Gathering Place?

All external events outside of the Picnic Grove area must have full approvable by Gathering Place management. Any event without written expressed permission cannot market an event at Gathering Place. All marketing of an approved event must be coordinated through the Gathering Place marketing team. All events must be sent to [email protected] at least one month prior to the activity for approval.

Is there an admission fee to enter parts of Gathering Place?

Gathering Place is entirely free to the public. There are costs associated with food and drink, sports equipment rentals and retail.

Will any of Gathering Place's Restaurants take reservations?

During the 100 Days of Opening Celebration, we will not be offering reservations in any of our Park restaurants.

Who do I call about a lost item in the Park?

Our "Lost and Found" is located at the Guest Service desk in Williams Lodge. You can also call our guest service main line at 918-779-1000. 

We will keep lost items for 4 weeks and then they will be donated. We will keep wallets, phones and credit cards or IDs in our lockbox for up to 3 months.

When can we rent boats on Peggy's Pond?

Water Sports on Peggy's Pond will begin in spring 2019. We will share more information regarding boat rentals in the beginning on the New Year. 

Where do can i get a map?

Guest Service station in the Lodge has maps of Gathering Place. There are also some volunteers throughout the Park handing out maps.

Do guests need to buy tickets for any concerts/programming events?

Unless stated, there will be no tickets required for events listed on our events page.

How many parking spaces are there?

Gathering Place has 530 (23 ADA) permanent parking spaces throughout the Park, including four electric vehicle charging station spaces.  In addition, for Grand Opening, there are 1,420 (38 ADA) temporary parking spaces located on the southeast corner of 31st Street and Riverside Drive. Off-site parking with shuttle access to Gathering Place is offered on an as needed basis.

Can guests bring grills to cook on?

At this time, we cannot allow outside grills inside the Park due to safety regulations. 

Is Gathering Place wheelchair accessible?

All of the pathways throughout the Park are accessible by wheelchair.Please see our Accessibility page for more details.

Are folding chairs allowed in the Park?

Yes! Folding chairs are allowed on all of our lawns.

Can guests request private tours of the Park?

At this time, we do not offer private tours. Please visit Guest Services, located in Williams Lodge, for more information on self-guided tours.

How do I schedule field trips to the Park?

For field trip inquiries, please send information about your school group to [email protected] 

Who were the founders of the Park?

Gathering Place was the original idea of George Kaiser and his family foundation. Through collaboration with more than 80 corporate and philanthropic organizations, Gathering Place is a privately funded public park for all of Tulsa to enjoy. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has and continues to lead this Park project.

Who designed the Park?

Renowned landscape architectural firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates designed the unique Park with input from numerous Tulsans.

When did construction begin?

Construction began in September 2014. Phase I (66.5 acres) is scheduled to open September 8, 2018.

What is the plan for the Pedestrian Bridge?

A project of the City of Tulsa, the new pedestrian bridge will connect the west and east banks of the Arkansas River at 29th Street and Riverside Drive. The schedule for the project has not been finalized.